|Title||Dynamic aspects of family transfers|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Journal||Journal of Public Economics|
|Pagination||1 - 13|
|Keywords||Adult children, Divorce, Job loss, Marriage, Older Adults|
Parents transfer a great deal to their adult children, and we have rich theoretical models providing a framework for these transfers. However, both the models and existing empirical work typically examine behavior in the cross section. To date, we know little about the dynamic aspects of family transfers. Here I examine transfers over a span of 17 years and find substantial changes in recipiency over time and a strong negative correlation between transfers and transitory income. I also find that events such as job loss and divorce are strong predictors of parental transfers and, although rare, are typically associated with larger transfers than income alone might predict. Finally, transfers are distributed unequally across siblings, and perhaps surprisingly, the distribution of transfers becomes even more unequal when examined over an extended period of time than in any single year. The evidence presented here thus suggests that dynamic analyses can provide insights into behavior that are impossible to obtain in a static context.
|Short Title||Journal of Public Economics|